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Dr. Marty Becker The door frames of the Almost Heaven Ranch are decorated with coins.

Teresa had a denim jacket with buffalo shavings as buttons. They had been pressed so that they were dome-shaped and I couldn't help but admire them every time my beautiful wife wore the coat. They gave me an idea how I could share one of my hobbies with others. I started collecting coins when I was very young. My mother ran the franchise booth at the high school basketball games in Castleford, Idaho, and after each game she brought all the money home to count. In helping her cope with the change, I found wheat pennies, buffalo nickels, mercury pennies, and the occasional standing liberty billets, walking liberty half dollars, and once in a blue moon even peace dollars. We would replace the coins that went into my collection with a check.

To further expand my collection, my parents, other relatives, and some close family friends gave me Indian main pennies, morgan silver dollars, and other coins from before 1964 that were still silver. I went to coin shops to trade horses and spent some money on the farm on housework and dairy cows. My late father-in-law Jim Burkholder also collected coins. When he died in 2002, he gave me his coin collection.

I stopped collecting coins when I went to college. The collection stayed with me, however, and traveled from the dorm to the fraternity, from my trailer at the veterinary school to my apartment with Teresa in Twin Falls, Idaho. When we moved to Bonners Ferry, the collection came too, but ended up in a large safe, never to see the light of day. Until I found some Buffalo nickel buttons for Teresa's jacket.

I really didn't like the door frames in our log cabin, and I really loved the coins and wanted to see them. That gave me the idea of ​​making frames with the coins embedded in them.

Dr. Marty Becker A closer look at the coins in the door frame of the Almost Heaven Ranch.

Within three years we have replaced most of the door frames on the first floor of our house with door frames with antique coins. I saved up the most precious coins that I will have to pass on to my son at some point, took the rest, polished them, took them to a machine shop to shape with a press, and had an incredible carpenter named David Siebanthaler make new door frames out of local red Fir with a so-called living edge (follows the knots and other features of the wood so that it does not lie directly on the outer edge). We recently had photographers at our Almost Heaven Ranch to snap photos of the house for an upcoming post in a log cabin magazine. They loved the unique touch of the antique coin door frames and I love the fact that I see my childhood coin collection at home every day.

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